So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.
I will appoint Peace as your overseer and Righteousness as your taskmaster. Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.
Giving and receiving the blessing of acceptance. **Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company that I met?” Jacob answered, “To find favor in the sight of my lord.” But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”**
If we give bountiful gifts, will we not be accepted? Expecting acceptance and forgiveness based on what we have to give. **”You shall say the same thing to Esau when you find him, and you shall say, ‘Moreover, your servant Jacob is behind us.'” For he thought, “I may appease him with the present that goes ahead of me, and afterward I shall see his face. Perhaps he will accept me.”**
Israel’s rejection of God leads to salvation for the world. “For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!”
I open up to you | This love that makes me new | Oh may my heart receive | This love that carries me | From the head to the heart | You take me on a journey | Of letting go | And getting lost in you
A person is not saved by a good heritage nor condemned by a bad one; faith is more important than genealogy. Jesus still loves to bring the lost into his kingdom, no matter what their background or previous way of life. Through faith, the lost can be forgiven and made new.
True joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstance. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is the vine, and God is the gardener who cares for the branches to make them fruitful. The branches are all those who claim to be followers of Christ. The fruitful branches are true believers who by their living union with Christ produce much fruit.
Hoshea Reigns over Israel In the twelfth year of King Ahaz of Judah, Hoshea son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel; he reigned nine years. He did what was […]